The Club for Growth has not met with Rep. Shelley Moore Capitoâ€™s new GOP opponent for Senate yet, but itâ€™s definitely interested in getting to know him better.
Chris Chocola, president of the deep-pocketed conservative group, reached out to former state Del. Pat McGeehan over Twitter on Tuesday â€” just hours after he announced that heâ€™s challenging Capito, the heavy GOP favorite in the race and a club target.
Republicans view the open West Virginia Senate race as one of their best opportunities to pick up a seat this cycle. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., has announced he will retire at the end of this term.
National Republicans see Capito as a strong candidate, but the club doesnâ€™t care much for her policies. Back in November, they targeted her within hours of her campaign announcement, charging, â€œIs Shelley Moore Capito the â€˜rightâ€™ kind of Republican U.S. Senate Candidate?â€
But conservatives, including the club, have had trouble finding a GOP challenger for her since that initial salvo.
Also, itâ€™s unclear just how much of a threat McGeehan can pose to Capito. Sheâ€™s also a prolific fundraiser and well-known throughout the state.
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